May 25th, 2010

LISTEN: Robert Bobb's Agenda For Detroit Schools

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Detroit Public Schools are in crisis. Students are failing to meet national standards. The system is over $300 million in debt. Allegations of corruption run rampant throughout the system. You might even call it an emergency.

Michigan’s governor actually brought in an Emergency Financial Manager to deal with the situation. His name is Robert Bobb, and he’s got a lot of critics – especially DPS employees who fear that Bobb has an agenda to turn all of Detroit Public Schools into charters. Why might they think this? Well, foundations that support charter schools are paying almost one third of Bobb’s salary. Just what is Bobb’s agenda for the Detroit Public Schools?

Full disclosure: this podcast mentions the Broad and Kellogg foundations. Learning Matters has had support from the Broad Foundation for our coverage of New Orleans and Washington, DC. That grant has not been renewed. Our ListenUp! Youth Media Project has a current grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Hmm, maybe 30 pieces of silver or gold wont influence an individual, but an extra $145,000 US, that may be a tad bit different. What profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul.




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